Franklin officials are scrambling to come up with a Plan B for the city's household recycling program after a new subcontractor to Williamson County — with which the city is partnering — said it needs to be paid 50 percent more to also handle the city's blue bags. From the Herald:
The unexpected increase resulted in the department rerouting hundreds of blue bags full of household recyclable materials to a temporary storage facility off Hillsboro Road, formerly used for the department’s operations.
The Board of Mayor and Alderman verbally gave Stuckey permission to begin working with Marshall County’s Solid Waste Department, pending the approval of the neighboring county’s board of commissioners.
Mt. Juliet commissioners last week voted to sell an eight-acre site north of interstate 40 to the team at Rockie Williams' Premier Dodge Chrysler Jeep. The Wilson Post reports that the auto dealers plan to build a new facility on the site but keep their used-car operation on West Main Street in Lebanon.
According to Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenneth Martin, the property sold for $1 million, but the city gave the dealership $500,000 in incentives to locate in Mt. Juliet because the property "had so much work to be done on it, site work."
Martin said the deal is a win-win situation. "Think of the tax dollars this will bring to the city," he said.
Brentwood officials have picked Texas-based software company Tyler Technologies to supply the city's police and court management software. Publicly traded Tyler (Ticker: TYL), which works with 11,000 government offices across the United States and overseas, has annual revenues of almost $500 million.
Atlanta-based North American Properties is targeting a mid-February closing on the acquisition of Cool Springs property on which it plans to develop a 363-unit luxury apartment project.
Richard Munger, North American Properties, partner and vice president of development, said the company has the site under contract with owners Alan Revelette and Sunil Patel. Don Meeks, founder of Texas-based Meeks + Partners, previously had the site under contract but assigned his rights to acquire to NAP. If the project materializes, Meeks + Partners will be the architect of record, Munger said.
“This will be a quasi-urban development,” Munger (pictured at right) said, noting the project will offer structured parking (as opposed to the suburban model of surface lots) and some respectable building density. The development, for which a name has yet to be announced, will feature one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments and many of the amenities found at NAP’s eight-story 200-unit Park Central building located on 25th Avenue North in the West End corridor.
The Franklin Planning Commission has approved a rezoning of the six-acre site located on Nichol Mill Lane across from Academy Sports and next to Heritage Medical Associates. The Franklin Board of Alderman must now OK the rezoning on three readings. See the site — the large green space — here in an image courtesy of Google Maps.
Italian plastics manufacturer SO.F.TER says it plans to more than double the output at its new Lebanon plant in 2015. The company said last year it would build its $20 million U.S. headquarters on State Route 109, when it said it planned to grow the facility. But the company's announcement today that it has started local production also says it will move forward next year to double capacity to 100 million pounds and add thermoplastic elastomers to its lines. The long term for SO.F.TER, which has global sales of $320 million, is to produce 200 million pounds and employ 200 in Lebanon.
The lead singer of Better Than Ezra is leading a group that's organizing a two-day acoustic music and food festival at Franklin's Harlinsdale Farm complex. The goal is to feature artists from a number of genres and draw about 15,000 people. Michael Ackley at Franklin Homepage has more info.
Ward 4 Alderman Margaret Martin asked if the event will turn into another music festival like Bonaroo. Griffin responded by saying that "the 'B' word is a bad word for us."
"This Franklin festival skews older," he said. "We're not going for kids. There is no camping. This will suit the high-end atmosphere of Franklin."
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